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This album just BLEEDS enmity. But it's executed in a suttle, and sometimes funny way. I love the melancholy that spews out of songs like Nursing Home (a trippy and tweaky track) and Eureka Pile. The acrid sound of Kaif... and of course, the disarraying backdrop of 10/10, Whip & Chain and Bad Blood... and the jazzy exterior of Step (which samples one of my favorite movies).
Most people rejected Spoon's unique and seething style. I guess it's an acquired taste... I'm just one of the few that happened to acquire that taste. This album is darkly funny, subtle, grey and just perfect. I'm not gonna say you're not a true Ministry fan if you detest this masterwork... but I WILL say all you Psalm 69-heads need to learn how to appreciate diverse music.
Spoon is dingy... it's muddy... it's coagulated... it's weird... and it's an absolute masterpiece.
Think of all those disappointed synth-poppers back when Twitch came out. And then, think of all the sad electronica fans that bought Land of Rape & Honey!
Well now there's a new breed of Ministry fans, those that think each album should be Psalms 69. Thankfully, Ministry proves with Dark Side of The Spoon, they can shake things up with the best of them.
With it's sardonic, assumingly personal, lyrics -- and those text-book machine beats that made most of their college radio listening fans during Psalms, DSoTS delivers.
One really has to delve into certain bands' background and other projects to appreciate certain CD's, and perhaps this is one of them. One has to wonder if that's "Buck Satan" singing on some of those tracks -- or if the pig-like squeals in Nursing Home were inspired by certain films the boys have expressed a liking of.
No, DSoTS is not for all of Ministry's fans. But it's certainly for the true Ministry fans. The ones that listened to Filth Pig and appreciated it for it's incredibly dark, decaying and harsh tunes -- and wasn't disappointed that it wasn't another breakneck Psalms 69.
This album has excellent distorted bass lines synched perfectly to pounding rhythms, much like "Cannibal Song" from Mind, but there's more variation and more 'fun' to it. There are a few rockers like "Reload" from Filth Pig, like "Supermanic Soul", and "Bad Blood". These songs have the anthemic quality of old Ministry and seem to be the ones the fans tolerate the most.
For the first time since "With Sympathy" Al uses his saxophone playing skills and his fantastic melodic voice. This alone makes the album worth hearing, great new elements. This is a more intelligent, mature and less adrenaline fueled Ministry. "Nursing Home" also has some of what sounds like a mandolin. That song, by the way, is one of my favorite Ministry tracks, period. Love the shrieking processed guitars, grooves like nothing else. "Eureka Pile" has another great bass groove, as does "KAIF". Al has a real knack for creating atmosphere.
"Step" has very little musical value (just a couple power chords) but the hilarious vocals make up for it. "Whip and Chain" is a bizarre psychedelic experiment. The mixing is very strange, guitars in the back, vocals above everything else.Read more ›
It's a progression that's apparently drained Ministry of most of its creative force. The Dark Side Of The Spoon indicates that Al Jourgensen and cohort Paul Barker don't intend on coming off of autopilot just yet, if ever. The majority of Dark Side Of The Spoon circles in the same sleepy rut of tracks that seem eerily empty somehow, as if some key component is missing. There are occasional bright spots of innovation on the album, but they're marred by a feeling of deja vu it gives you - it all sounds awfully familiar. And not necessarliy familiar to Ministry, but more familiar to the band's own inferior clones.
The problem is that while all the key ingredients are here, they just don't gel to form recognizable songs like older Ministry - the droning bassline from "So What", hypnotic vocals of "Cannibal" or the sliding riff of "Stigmata", for examples. The drum loops and guitar riffs of Dark Side Of The Spoon are so overly simplistic and wearily paced that it feels like the songs of full of holes where sound is supposed to be. The ambience of earlier Ministry is lost on the Dark Side.
Dark Side Of The Spoon isn't quite unlistenable, but it isn't at all memorable, which means a lot when it's by a band that's made a lot of the most memorable and influentual music of the past fifteen years.
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The most despised of all the Ministry albums actually is pretty musically brilliant. Abandoning totally the industrial approach for the most part, Al Jourgensen is still a master... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shelley D. Bowen
Ministry are the kings of industrial metal. IMO, this album is just ok....not as good as many Ministry albums,,,still good....but not amazing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
This album has been in my playlists since release and I never get tired of it. I recenlty discovered Paul Barker's solo efforts which show how much influence he had on this album. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Raymarcher
I'm not a Ministry Fan. I'm a Music fan. I bought Psalm 69, and it's got some great tunes, but not everything on Psalm impresses me. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by 1985musicboy
As a long-time Ministry fan who kinda lost interest after "Filth Pig," I finally picked up a used copy of "Dark Side of the Spoon" for a buck plus shipping. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Sloppy D
I really don't like this Ministry cd it has the sound of something missing. This is my least favorite album and I like both old Ministry records (when they sounded like Flock of... Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by D. Rurup